Learn how to connect research to real-world trends. Our M.S. in Applied Economics program prepares you to evaluate policies and programs, develop forecasts, better understand consumer behavior, and analyze market efforts, all with an emphasis on ethical decision-making.
Pursue your master's degree full- or part-time online, on campus during the evening, or in any combination you please. Our program is designed to accommodate students who are working or pursuing internships.
Our challenging curriculum includes five core requirements that provide a solid foundation in the theoretical and quantitative tools of economic analysis as well as five electives in subjects like big data, health care economics, marketing research, and economic development.
Guided by a faculty of accomplished academics and industry practitioners, you'll learn to analyze data and work with data analysis tools while gaining hands-on experience that will prepare you to hit the ground running upon graduation.
“After just one semester in the MSAE program I have already been able to apply some of the concepts in everyday situations at work to solve problems around pricing and forecasting. Without training in statistical modeling programs like Stata and R that I received in the MSAE program, my solutions to these problems could not have been as accurate or robust.”
We know that a BC education is a worthwhile but significant investment. We're committed to helping you affordably achieve your educational goals while treating each student and their family equitably. Financial aid and payment plans may be available for students taking a minimum of six credits across a semester.
Average starting salary for an Economist
Source: Glassdoor.com, Obtained June 2018
Technology Consultant Associate, PWC
Consultant, SDG Group
Operations Systems Engineer, Barbaricum (Germany)
Research associate, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Business Intelligence Engineer, Amazon
Senior Data Analyst, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Senior Economist, IHS Markit
Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Data Science Analyst, McKinsey & Company
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.0)
Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Statistics, Calculus I and II (Calculus II may be taken concurrently at Boston College or elsewhere during your first semester of study.)
Application fee $60 (to be paid as part of the online application)
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
|Entrance Term:||Application Due Date:||Decision Letter Sent By:|
|Fall||Early Deadline: May 1||June 1|
|Regular Deadline: June 15
(International Students applying for Fall must submit an application by June 15th.)
|Rolling admissions after Regular deadline.||Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.|
|Spring||Early Deadline: October 15
(International Students applying for spring must submit an application by October 15th Applications received after October 15th will be considered for the summer semester.)
|Preferred Deadline: November 15||December 15|
|Applications will be accepted after November 15 and reviewed on a case by case basis, pending availability. Students are encouraged to apply after November 15.|
|Summer||Early Deadline: March 1||April 1|
|Regular Deadline: April 1
(International Students applying for summer I must submit an application by March 1st. Summer 2 applicants must submit an application by April 1st.)
|Rolling admissions after Regular deadline.||Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, pending availability.|
In 550 - 750 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.
Two letters of recommendation (Letters must be sent directly from recommender either through online application portal or directly to Woods College. We will not accept letters that are not in a sealed envelope mailed directly from recommender or emailed directly from recommender).
Please note: Letters of recommendations should be provided by Professional or Academic recommenders.
Transcripts from each college or university in which you were enrolled are required.
Please mail transcripts to:
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
If your academic institution provides electronic transcripts please indicate email@example.com as the recipient.
Boston College Alumni and Current Students:
Your BC transcript must be formally requested from the Office of Student Services and submitted to the Woods College. Woods cannot request or access transcripts independently.
All students who have, or are currently attending, an institution outside of the United States must provide a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation indicating the conferral of an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
This evaluation is not just an English translation, but a document provided by an accredited evaluating agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral.
This detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation must be submitted to complete the application.
Please request a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation for all international institutions where a degree was conferred from one of the following agencies:
Educational Credential Evaluators
Center for Educational Documentation
World Education Services Inc.
Applicants whose Native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language proficiency, for required scores, visit our International Student page.
Interview is optional or may be required by program director.
Our Master’s Degree in Applied Economics brings together critical skills in practice-oriented data analysis along with a rich curriculum dedicated to ethical sensibilities. Our program seeks to ensure that students have relevant skills for today's (and tomorrow’s) job market. Thus we focus on areas such as public policy legislation, health care, civic agencies, business and banking so that our students will be prepared for careers in a variety of industries.
The MS in Applied Economics program is proud to be a STEM Designated Degree Program. STEM Designated Degree programs are designated by the Department of Homeland Security. F-1 students can apply for a 24-month OPT Extension.
Students will be prepared for a variety of careers in fields where there is a demand for analytical precision and significant technical proficiency. These industries include:
Demand for graduates with a master’s degree in applied economics increased from 2010 to 2013 with growth rates over 100 percent in the Northeast (108% growth) and the Greater Boston area (143% growth). Growth rates are expected to continue in this upward trend for the foreseeable future.
10 courses are normally required (30 credits total) though some students may elect an additional course focused on developing practical skills for the market (practicum or project). We believe this offers our students a distinctive career advantage over similar programs that do not offer an applied focus.
What are the requirements for admission?
Yes, you are welcome to apply. We will consider your application and weigh a variety of factors such as industry experience to determine whether we are able to offer you admission. This is one of the cases where we strongly suggest submitting GRE or GMAT scores as a part of your application.
For particular applicants, we may be able to grant admission into the program with particular conditions noted (for example, passing the first two courses with a B or better in each during the first semester).
Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply and upon formal admission, are eligible for a student visa. (Please note that TOEFL or IELTS scores are required.) Please note international students pursuing the program with a student visa will need to complete the program in 1.5 years (3 academic semesters).
No, we prefer that one letter of recommendation be from an academic source, and another from an employer or person in a supervisory capacity who can speak about your interests and experience.
While we do not require standardized test scores, we strongly suggest submitting GRE or GMAT scores as a part of your application, particularly in cases that one or more of the prerequisites is not met.
Tuition can be found on the tuition and aid webpage.
Woods College Graduate Programs offer access to US federal aid. These aid funds are available to US Citizens or Permanent Residents only. International Students are not eligible. Woods College Scholarship funding is not currently available in the Graduate Programs. You are welcome to inquire further with regard to your specific circumstances and needs.
If you have not completed the pre-requisites you may still apply. We offer the opportunity for you to complete all your prerequisites within the Woods College. If you complete your prerequisites with a GPA of 3.0 or better, you will be eligible to receive a conditional acceptance. If you have prior work-related experience, we will ask you to provide a demonstration of your level of mastery of applied economics skills. Please contact us for details of this process.
We do not accept graduate course credit from other institutions.
Virtually all of our faculty hold doctoral degrees in Economics or Statistics and are accomplished practitioners. Their specializations range from work with the International Monetary Fund, to large consulting firms in the Greater Boston area, to academic departments that shape industry standards. Each faculty member is committed to equipping students with real-world skill sets that are applicable to a variety of workplaces.
Once you have completed your degree requirements, your official student record at BC will reflect the degree itself and the date awarded. The Woods College, as a fully-functioning school of BC, awards degrees as all BC schools do.
Please visit the application information section of the web page for deadlines.
(International students seeking a visa should apply at least 3 months prior to their intended start term, and can only be admitted for fall and spring semesters.)
This is variable and is largely based on how many courses a student takes at any given time. If you take 2 courses per semeser, you can complete the degree in 16 months.
This is certainly a possibility and we have designed the program to be flexible to accomodate a variety of scheduling needs.
No. Boston College does not currently offer housing for graduate students but our Office of Residential Life does have a staff member who can help you find off-campus housing.